Tale of the Tape: Team Stats – Notre Dame vs. Purdue

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If you looked at our staff predictions for this weekend, I was the only writer to pick Purdue over Notre Dame. When you take a look at the below chart, you’ll understand why. The Irish only have advantages in punting, both penalty categories and success in the red zone and on fourth downs. Although they have been perfect in red-zone opportunities and that undoubtedly has played a role in their 2-0 record, that streak can’t expect to keep going throughout the season.

The Boilermakers particularly are stronger on defense, so don’t be surprising if the game comes down to that. After all, both teams have proven they can go blow for blow on offense, and they almost surely will get their points that way. We just don’t know who the points will come more often for, and almost all signs are looking in the Boilermakers’ direction. They have done more with their opportunities, and that can keep happening, even to teams visiting Notre Dame Stadium.